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Apr 20, 2016 2:09 PM

Manchester firefighter pleads guilty to lesser charges after high school basketball scuffle


WOLFEBORO - The father of a Merrimack Valley High School basketball player has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge after he was accused of shoving and kicking a minor at a game.

Thomas Defina - a Manchester firefighter - pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Wednesday.

He was originally charged with assault after he allegedly shoved another person during a game between Kingswood Regional High School and Merrimack Valley.

Defina, 44, of Penacook, turned himself in to on March 14 following a police investigation into an incident during the March 1 basketball game. The minor had been cheering for Kingswood.

The Manchester Fire Department told NH1 News in March that Defina was still an active firefighter, but the incident was investigated internally.

He now will have to pay a $500 fine and a $120 penalty, and he'll also have to take an anger management course.


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